Goats enjoy living in their own tower


68 Responses to “Goats enjoy living in their own tower”

  1. Alan Heckman says:

    Even though I am late to the comment party, I feel compelled to tell the world about another, previously not famous goat tower, which was made by me in the mid 1990s, age thirteen, in collaboration with my 11 year-old brother. We built it in the middle of my grandfather’s field for the pleasure of his goats. It was made of cheap side-cuts from the local saw mill, which still had the bark on the curved side. It featured several platforms and two corrugated steel shade roofs. It wasn’t 31 feet high and it didn’t spiral elegantly, but the top platform was about 12 feet off the ground and very stable, which now that I think about it seems pretty damned good for 2 boys visiting their grandparents on summer vacation.

    The goats took to it right away. There were several adventurous kids who quickly explored the entire thing and the older, fatter goats appreciated our shady areas. The day after we put it up, one of the kids jumped off of the top platform onto a corrugated steel sheet about 6 feet below. The incredibly load sound that resulted caused the herd to bolt in all directions, far more quickly then we knew they could move. My grandpa, who is now 92, still laughs when he tells the story of the “goat explosion.”

  2. Takuan says:

    stupid goats! Think that’ll get to the Moooon?

  3. Anonymous says:

    In (roughly) 2002, there was a bar on Beale Street in Memphis that had a goat tower. Seriously. Smack dab on Beale Street. So, you could sit there and listen to blues on an outdoor patio, sweltering in the Memphis humidity while watching the goats scamper up and down the goat tower. The goats must have been hammered, too, because, as this was a bar, you saw a LOT of people sneaking them beers.

    Flicker photos of this bar, Silky O’Sullivans, in Memphis: http://www.flickr.com/photos/novus_photo/3561043109/in/photostream/.

  4. possiblyj says:

    “Currently there are only three Goat Towers in the world…”

    Says who?

    We’ve got one at Silky O Sullivan’s in Memphis.


  5. hassan-i-sabbah says:

    Great irish/goat related he haw!

  6. Marchhare says:

    I’ve had Goats Du Roam wine; it was quite good. I got the pun on the French region, but had no idea about this further cool fact about it.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Whilst visiting Greece , and Morocco, in different years, I saw goats standing high up in trees. Very surprised I was…..

  8. Kieran O'Neill says:

    @22 SomeGuy:

    Extra trivia: “Goats Do Roam” (one of Fairview’s wine ranges) is a not-so-subtle play on the Côtes du Rhône wine region in France.

    That little trick has generated some interesting IP-infringement cases, but I believe Fairview has generally come out ahead.

  9. Takuan says:

    the only good cut on Goat’s Head Soup

  10. SamSam says:

    Cute. Goats certainly do love climbing — the less accessible and more perilous the better. Climbing through mountains in Southern Italy and North Africa I’d often see frolicking goats at the very tops of olive trees. Which were atop tall pointy boulders. At the very tops of mountains.

    Preposterous creatures.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Any relation to “Le boeuf sur le toit”? Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Boeuf_sur_le_Toit

  12. Architexas says:

    @17 – yes, goats do like to climb on small cars… jerks scratched my paint. Next time it happens: CABRITO!

  13. Anonymous says:

    I have never seen a goat as happy as a goat who has something to climb up, and somewhere to hang out once he’s climbed up it. Goats + climbing up things go together like cats + cardboard boxes.

  14. jennylens says:

    “Mountain goat”: does that ring a bell? Goats are designed to climb rocks and hills and mountains. Their hoofs, and weight distribution, is ideal for rocky, hilly terrains. In fact, because of that, mankind has been able to survive in mountainous areas. Animals well adapted to certain terrains difficult for humans help human survival.

    Are we so removed from nature we are surprised goats love their tower?

    Gee, any of you ever see “Heidi” with Shirley Temple? She and her grandfather raised and herded goats (and lived off their milk, cheese, meat, etc). Goats LOVE climbing. Why is this a surprise to peeps?

  15. Susan Oliver says:

    The roof is supported by wheels that ride on a circular steel rail along the upper edge of the tower wall. “I cut a door into the roof and plan to use a garage door opener to rotate the roof and use it as an observation tower. I might even bring a telescope up there to look at stars,” says Johnson.


  16. apoxia says:

    Totally agree #13. I’m pretty sure NZ building law would repair a handrail, goat tower or people tower.

  17. Ian70 says:

    This should be included in a first-person shooter game: Sniper Goats!
    Maybe they play Capture The Flag…

  18. Snig says:

    We also ate at the Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant, mentioned above by Bucket. The Goats on the Roof meme started as a practical joke played on the owner, but was such a business draw that they made it a feature.

  19. ill lich says:

    #34 TAKUAN

    You’re way off. . . “Star Star” (a.k.a. “Starf@*ker”) is a way better tune, just ask Steve McQueen.

  20. jfrancis says:

    This is actually the advance guard of the Mole Men invasion breaching the surface

  21. spiregrain says:

    “The estate has 750 Saanen goats and some of these are allowed access to the tower.”

    I wonder what the criteria is? How does a goat earn this right?

  22. adonai says:

    I read that in my RSS feed as “Goatse njoy living in their own tower”.

    I think I’ve been on the internet for too long…

  23. Phikus says:

    45 comments and this is the first chupacabra reference? (DO NOT look this up in the Urban Dictionary. You have been warned!) Goat-suckers, the lot of you!


    The reason for the tower is obviously that it’s easier to have a Goatse from.

    (You try making that pun and not ending the sentence with a preposition.)

  24. Phikus says:

    Also also: Those towers are GOAT!

  25. Phikus says:

    Adonai@~45: You and I both, it seems, though i did not see your post when I made the fist comment above. Also, DO NOT SCROLL DOWN on that urban dictionary link. I was referring to the first listing. I had no idea…

  26. Takuan says:

    donkey, minaret, minaret, donkey.

  27. Brainspore says:

    “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your beaaaard!”

  28. Anonymous says:

    Reminds me of Goats on the Roof in Georgia.


  29. Anonymous says:

    I will be visiting this farm, this summer, what a gorgeous building.

  30. planettom says:

    And the Fairview wines (South Africa) have the goat tower on their label:


  31. StrawberryFrog says:

    I’ve been to Fairview farm, near Cape Town several times. Photographic evidence:

  32. Anonymous says:

    Amazingly similar in structure to the old game Tower Toppler. Do yourself a favor and do a search for it. and then play it. you may have to emulate it in DOS or something.

  33. Clayton Hove says:

    I dunno – That one billy goat looks a little bit gruff.

  34. joe blough says:

    “P-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-rrl” goat boy strikes again.

  35. Anonymous says:

    won’t they poop in the tower ?

  36. Fred H says:

    Goat towers are the new unicorn chasers.

  37. Takuan says:

    and then there is Coombs.

  38. Bucket says:

    Also, Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant in Sister Bay, WI.


    Mmmmmm… lingonberries.

  39. Anonymous says:

    … and when the lawyers get wind of this, they’ll have to put a railing on that thing!

  40. consideredopinion says:

    That’s all well and good until the Poor Schmoe has to go in there and clean it out…

  41. airshowfan says:

    Is this for real? Like, really really?

  42. Takuan says:

    with a colony of African mole rats in the cellar that would never come up.

  43. ill lich says:

    “Goats enjoy living in their own tower”

    pfftt. . . if I had a nickel for every time I heard that. . .

  44. stegodon says:

    I hope you goats enjoy yourselves up there in your ivory tower, you self righteous bastards. Come down and walk a mile in the hooves of a mule.

  45. Anonymous says:

    Rolf at Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia has a veritable goat tower, worthy of visiting at any time of the year. His art just adds to it all…


  46. Anonymous says:

    Do they attempt to fly? No, that’s just sheep, idn’t it.

  47. Editz says:

    And who gets to clean out the goat tower?

  48. Anonymous says:

    Who wouldn’t enjoy living in a tower?

  49. paul567 says:

    Makes sense to me.

    I’ve heard that goats like to be up high. If you were to put a pile of dirt or a small car in their field all the goats will try and get on top of it.

  50. overunger says:

    That is really cute. It looks like it came out of an old school fairy tale story.

  51. cristina says:

    Aw. That’s pretty cute. Makes me want to move to the country and get some goats and make cheese.

  52. Moriarty says:

    “And who gets to clean out the goat tower?”

    From the interview:

    “About every six months I use a high pressure water hose to blow manure out of each room. It washes out onto the ground, and later I scoop it up and use it for fertilizer on my farm,” he notes.

  53. Dani4a says:

    #16, it’s true. My pet goats used to love climbing onto the roof of their shelter. And they didn’t even have those handy stairs. Not the greatest photo, but I do have one: http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i219/dani4a/Animals/Portrait.jpg?t=1244835356

  54. jackie31337 says:

    Kieran O’Neill @33 Extra trivia: “Goats Do Roam” (one of Fairview’s wine ranges) is a not-so-subtle play on the Côtes du Rhône wine region in France.

    That little trick has generated some interesting IP-infringement cases, but I believe Fairview has generally come out ahead.

    After reading the Decanter article you linked to, the French wine makers came off sounding like they think Americans are so stupid and illiterate that they’ll confuse a $7 South African wine with pictures of goats on the label for French Côtes du Rhône wine. Also, it would seem that French wine makers have no sense of humor.

  55. Phikus says:

    Dani4a@~19: That is the American Gothic of goat photos! =D

  56. nanuq says:

    I visited the Fairview winery when I was in South Africa last year. Considering we also got to do wine tasting as part of the tour, my memory may be a little hazy but the goats looked happy enough in their tower. It may have helped that the tower was only a short distance away from a pond with alligators (at least the sign said there were alligators). The goats probably enjoyed being able to keep watch from on high for any oncoming carnivores.

  57. Anonymous says:

    could you use the goats and a pulley system from the top of the tower to generate power?

  58. SomeGuy says:

    Fairview wines also bottles under the label name Goats Do Roam. I recently received a bottle of their ’07 Red as a gift from a friend who went to school with Charles Back. It was quite good. They didn’t identify a specific grape on the label so it’s probably a blend of several varieties but it was dry and bold like a Shiraz.

  59. Anonymous says:

    Three goat towers?? You’re forgetting the goat tower in downtown Memphis, TN at Silky O’Sullivan’s Bar…

  60. w000t says:


    I was going to say the same thing. Here’s a link to Goats on the Roof‘s own page (warning: auto music).

    It’s worth a Google search, too since some tourists have uploaded pictures and videos of the place and of the “makerly” roof-goat treat elevator.

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